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Monday, October 21, 2013

Lebanon Student Dies, District Issues Precautionary Letter -

Lebanon Student Dies, District Issues Precautionary Letter -

LEBANON, Mo. -- After the death of a Maplecrest Elementary student, the Lebanon School District sent out letters to parents and guardians notifying them of the death, and also issues a precaution. 

According to superintendent Duane Widhalm, the student, a 2nd grade boy from Maplecrest Elementary School in Lebanon, passed away in the hospital after a brief illness.  As of now, the school district is unsure of the cause.

"We are here to protect all the students and to take the necessary steps to do that," said Widhalm.

To ensure the incident is an isolated incident, the school plans to work with proper channels, such as the Health Department, according to Widhalm.

The school district sent the letter home to let parents know of the death and that students will have support in the form of counseling when they return to school on Monday. The letters also issued a precautionary measure, until the cause of the child's death becomes known.

A viewer sent KOLR10 a copy of a letter the Lebanon R-III School District sent to parents of students Friday, Oct. 18. (see above)

The letter states 'if your child has symptoms of illness, it is recommended that you consult your family physician.'

Widhalm also said the district sent the letter home so they can have an open line of communication with families of students.

According to Widhalm, the district is awaiting communication from the family.

No more information was given about the death, or the illness.

More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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